Welcome to my gallery of quilts.  I live in Brighton, Michigan.  I have been quilting for 40 years, evolving from traditional patterns and hand quilting to more modern/art styles with mostly machine quilting.

I hope you enjoy these!   Comments/questions about purchases and commissions are welcome.  Katie



This is a large quilt, about 56 X 56.  It hangs on my sewing room wall.  2004

quilt and studio


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Work in Progress

I am making a queen sized bed quilt for my nephew and his girlfriend/partner.  They selected the pattern, a strip-pieced blue, with lighter colors in the middle.  I have a good portion of the top done.  Thought I would post some photos of the process.

sam strips


First, sew lots of strips!  All kinds of blue, piled in the back.  Then start sewing them together so that I can cut a square block from each group of strips, on the diagonal.

sam stack blocks

Arrange on design wall so that lighter blocks are in the center.  This will eventually have a medium dark border with some additional strip pieces along the sides.  Here’s how it’s looking about now.  Lots of cutting, sewing, and arranging to go yet!

sam on wall

Another Medallion

I love the ice blue/black/white floral border fabric.  I did not know when I started the center square that I would be using it, but I think it’s a great complement to the other borders.  This piece moves slightly away from my favorite bright colors.  First finished art quilt of 2019.  I think I will call it New Year Medallion.  🙂

medallion 2019

Detail, truer to real color:

medallion 2019 detail

Art Exhibits

This is a wonderful month for me, showing my work at not one but TWO local art galleries.  I have a solo show at the Huron Valley Council  for the Arts, displayed for January and February.  The artist’s reception was Friday evening, and we had a good turnout.  Also sold 3 art quilts!  Here is the publicity poster for that event, featuring my quilt piece called “Sangria”.

katie mcgrathjan19_galleryposter rev

And, at the Northville Art House for January, my work is displayed with that of my fiber art colleague, Kathy Schmidt.  We have sold some pieces from that show already also!


I had 21 pieces on display at the first venue, and 9 in Northville.  So happy to have my work out there for people to enjoy, and grateful that some folks want to take it home as well!  🙂

Marriage Quilt

I made this KING SIZED bed quilt for my nephew and his bride.  They got married last Saturday in a lovely ceremony.  They are both tall, I think the groom is about 6’5″.  So of course they needed a big quilt.  They picked out the cream and blue color palette.  I had made so many of the half-square triangle units (over 400) that I used some left-overs for pinwheels on the back so it is reversible. It was quilted professionally at a local long-arm quilting shop.

Max Abby q2

Max Abby signature


max abby back

Finished Work

I finished the piece that my cat Lily was helping me sew.  I don’t have a name for it yet.  Help wanted!

I’m pleased with the overall look.  But my satin stitching leaves a lot to be desired.  I did improve as I went along.  🙂

LLS 2018


LLS detail


Lily helps quilt

My cat has been featured here before, but now she has moved from the floor layout to the actual sewing table.  I’m working, painfully, on lots of satin stitching on an art piece resulting from a class taught by Louisa Smith.  It’s an interesting technique, and I think I will like the result once it’s done.  But I sure don’t like doing all that satin stitching around the circles.  Good thing Lily provides comic relief!

Lily helping

Flame Convergence

I’m working on about four different projects now.  One is taking a long time because it involves satin stitching (tight zigzag) around circles.  Tedious.  Other pieces still need tweaking.  So I’m bringing out a photo of a golden oldie.  It is based on the technique by Ricky Tims called “convergence”.  Fairly easy to do and the result is pretty nice.  I stamped the leaf pattern on the surface once it was finished. This quilt was sold at a special art fair in 2016.

quilt fair holiday 2015 036 (2)